Johnson and Long headline remaining MLS free agents


The 2022 MLS offseason is powering through the final weeks of the year and several of the league’s top players remain available for signing. U.S. men’s national team members Aaron Long and Sean Johnson headline the list of 71 remaining MLS free agents following the conclusion of the league season. All 17 players are free to sign anywhere in MLS, or abroad. Derrick Etienne Jr, Graham Zusi, and Jake Nerwinski are among several players who recently signed new contracts after watching their current deals expire. The 2020 CBA established new rules for free agency in MLS. Instead of requiring players to be at least 28-years-old and to have at least eight years of MLS experience, the new CBA requires players to be at least 24-years-old and to have at least five years of MLS experience. Here is a closer look of the remaining MLS free agents: 2022-23 MLS Free Agency List Atlanta United Option Declined: Mikey Ambrose. Austin FC Option Declined: Hector Jimenez, Danny Hoesen. Charlotte FC Option Declined: Harrison Afful. Chicago Fire Out of Contract: Jonathan Bornstein. FC Cincinnati Option Declined: Geoff Cameron, Ronald Matarrita. Colorado Rapids Option Declined: Steven Beitashour, Drew Moor. Out of Contract: Gyasi Zardes, Clint Irwin. Columbus Crew Option Declined: Jalil Anibaba, Erik Hurtado, Perry Kitchen. Out of Contract: Marlon Hairston. D.C. United Option Declined: Tony Alfaro, Jon Kempin, Chris Odoi-Atsem, Brad Smith. Out of Contract: Bill Hamid, Ola Kamara. FC Dallas Option Declined: Matt Hedges. Houston Dynamo Option Declined: Darwin Quintero, Memo Rodriguez, Zarek Valentin. Out of Contract: Darwin Ceren. Inter Miami Option Declined: Joevin Jones. Out of Contract: Brek Shea. L.A. Galaxy Option Declined: Rich Sanchez, Jorge Villafana, Eriq Zavaleta. Out of Contract: Sacha Kljestan. LAFC Out of Contract: Franco Escobar. Minnesota United Option Declined: Abu Danladi, Oniel Fisher, Niko Hansen, Jacori Hayes. CF Montreal Option Declined: James Pantemis. Nashville SC Option Declined: Bryan Meredith. Out of Contract: Eric Miller. New England Revolution: Option Declined: Ema Boateng, Clement Diop, Ismael Tajouri-Shradi. Out of Contract: A.J. DeLaGarza, Brad Knighton. New York City FC Out of Contract: Alexander Callens, Sean Johnson, Anton Tinnerholm. New York Red Bulls Out of Contract: Aaron Long, Kyle Duncan. Orlando City Option Declined: Tesho Akindele. Out of Contract: Joao Moutinho. Philadelphia Union Out of Contract: Joe Bendik. Real Salt Lake Option Declined: Nick Besler, Johan Kappelhof. Out of Contract: Marcelo Silva. San Jose Earthquakes Option Declined: Matt Bersano, Tommy Thompson. Out of Contract: Eric Remedi, Shea Salinas. Seattle Sounders Option Declined: Will Bruin, Fredy Montero. Out of Contract: Jimmy Medranda. Toronto FC Option Declined: Chris Mavinga, Auro Jr. Out of Contract: Jonathan Osorio, Alex Bono. Vancouver Whitecaps Option Declined: Cody Cropper, Tosaint Ricketts. Out of Contract: Florian Jungwirth. N/A Option Declined: Andrew Putna.